Sending ripples through the UT police ranks, a station house officer (SHO) on Thursday alleged that a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) had been making him spend money for her, asking him for bribe to “oblige” him, and also asked him not to arrest a rape accused.
Offering to resign from the ”cor r upt police”, Industrial Area SHO Yashpal Vinayak made the allegation against DSP (east) Anjitha Chepyala on a chat group of the police led by the UT’s senior superintendent of police (SSP), Sukhchain Singh Gill, on messaging application WhatsApp. An inquiry is now being held by the SSP.
It began at 6am when Industrial Area SHO Yashpal Vinayak sent a message on the group on WhatsApp that has officers from the SSP to SHO ranks. Addressing the UT inspector general of police (IGP), RP Upadhyaya, who is actually not part of the group, he said the DSP had been taking favours from him again and again. He said he had already spent around ? 5.85 lakh for the DSP, who is posted here from the Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Police Services (DANIPS) cadre. These include an air ticket, renovation of her house and an air-conditioner.
As soon as the message was delivered, the DSP, who is part of it, replied that the allegations were wrong and she was ready for any kind of inquiry. It was around 7.30am, and the SSP forwarded the message to a group that has the IGP and other top officials. DSP Anjitha also forwarded the message to the IGP.
At 8.30am, the SSP also sent a message in the group saying that this was no way to complain as the group is a forum to pass on intelligence reports. He also told the SHO that he could have come to his office.
The IGP asked the SSP to prepare reports after recording the statements of both sides — one report on the manner of the complaint via a messaging application chat group, and the other on the allegations.
In the evening, after the passing-out parade of new recruits, the SSP got statements from both the DSP and the SHO. Yashpal was also questioned as to why he chose the social networking app to air his grievance when he could have just walked up to the SSP or IGP to register his complaint. Yashpal was also asked to point out instances where he was forced to pay money, with valid proofs.
DSP Chepyala, however, told HT that the allegations were “baseless and ill-founded”. She stressed that the SHO was leveling the allegations as she had pointed out some irregularities by him.
She had recently marked an inquiry against Yashpal for not being able to get a discotheque closed at the stipulated time. She had marked another inquiry into an incident wherein the SHO’s driver had allegedly misbehaved with someone.
The SHO did not comment further on matter.
UT POLICE: JUNIOR VS SENIOR
The incident has once again brought to for the divide between Chandigarh police officers and those posted here from other cadres. The entire year 2012 was marred by controversies due to factionalism. Then SSP Naunihal Singh, from Punjab cadre, had to face stiff resistance from UT-cadre officers.
Then, Haryana IPS officer, SP Desraj, who was the SP (city), in May 2012 alleged that inspector Amanjot had refused to take orders from him. In October that year, Desraj was arrested after allegations of bribery levelled by SHO Anokh Singh.
Some UT officials have in fact been quite vocal in their criticism of officers brought in on deputation from outside. There are 21 DSPs in Chandigarh in charge of different cells, departments and units. Six are of UT cadre while three each from Punjab and Haryana. Nine are from the DANIPS cadre.